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Faith lived out in the shadow of arrest

Last week in the church’s calendar we remembered William Tyndale who was born in England in 1494. After studying at Oxford and Cambridge, he became determined to translate the Scriptures from the Greek directly into contemporary English but was thwarted in this by the Bishop of London. So he settled in Hamburg in 1524. When the first copies of his translation arrived in England in 1526, it was bitterly attacked as subversive by the ecclesial authorities. He spent much of his life making revisions to his work. His life’s work proved good enough to be the basic working text for those who, at the beginning of the following century, were to produce what became known as the Authorised Version of

A Lectionary sets the agenda for the sermon

Last Sunday, the Gospel reading set for the day was from Luke 17:5-10 where the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our Faith!” He told them that if they had faith as small as a mustard seed, they could command a mulberry tree to uproot itself and replant itself in the sea… and it would obey. Imagine it: a mulberry tree suddenly uprooting itself, flying through the air, and then replanting itself in the sea. How was this reading chosen as the Gospel reading for the day? It was the reading set from the Lectionary, which offers congregations a balanced diet of readings from the Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels. The sheer size of the Bible means that a selection of readings must be mad

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